Sometimes, getting your kids to eat healthy is tough. When you’re rushed, trying to get out the door to a game, the challenge to throw together a healthy pre-game snack in minutes can be even tougher.
Your kid may see no problem with grabbing cookies or a bag of chips on the way out the door. For them, taste is the only factor.
You want them to eat healthy – something nutritious, with protein and carbohydrates that will fuel them for a couple hours. But you also don’t want them to not eat the snack.
I have two notoriously picky eaters, and I’ll tell you, the challenge is real. My solution? We sat down and came up a with a list of nack ideas that they would actually eat. We modified the snacks to make sure there is nutritional value, and always some protein and healthy carbohydrates.
Download the list of 20 Healthy Pre-Game Snacks.
Here are a few things to stock in your fridge and pantry for fast, simple, moderately healthy (and tasty!) pre-game snacks.
Tip: The following fruits all last for a week, at least, and travels well in coolers.
Tip: I freeze bananas by the dozen so we always have some on hand for smoothies. I start by peeling very ripe bananas (the kind with brown spots) then individually freezing them whole, wrapped in plastic wrap. Frozen bananas give smoothies the perfect thick consistency without needing to add ice.
Crackers, Tortilla Chips, Pretzels
- Multigrain tortilla chips, like Tostitos
- whole grain crackers, like Triscuits
- Graham Crackers
- Pita chips
- Tortillas (whole grain, multigrain, corn)
- Mini pretzels
- Microwave Oatmeal
- Whole grain or multigrain cereals like Original Cheerios, Multigrain Cheerios, Kix
- Granola (want to make your own? Here’s my recipe for Super Easy Granola)
Tip: Clean and trim carrots and celery. Store in ziploc bags, covered in water, in the fridge for up to a week. Perfect for snacks and sides for quick dinners.
Spreads and Dips
Tip: For games and tournaments, I sometimes buy peanut butter, hummus and guacamole in individual cups to take for snacks at the field.
- Peanut Butter
- Cream Cheese
- Polly-o Cheese Sticks
- Deli Ham
- Deli Cheese
- Shredded Cheddar Cheese
- Clif Bars
- Granola Bars
- Lightly salted peanuts
- Dried fruit (raisins, dried apples, etc)
Finding your kids a fast pre-game or pre-practice snack doesn’t need to be difficult. Stock your fridge and pantry with these staples and help them make healthy snack choices.
Download, print and post the list of 20 Healthy Pre-Game Snack Ideas in your kitchen to give your kids some healthy ideas using the items on this list.
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